The American Film Institute has cancelled a screening of The Birth of a Nation with director Nate Parker. AFI dean Jan Schuette made the announcement to students on late Tuesday, writing that they would also schedule a discussion to talk about these issues together.
“I have been the recipient of many different passionate points of view about the screening, and I believe it is essential that we discuss these issues together — messenger and message, gender, race and more — before we see the film,” he wrote. “Next week, we will be scheduling a special moderated discussion so we may explore these issues together as artists and audience.”
Fox will hold a different AFI screening of “Birth” later this year. The studio has vowed to continue its theatrical release and publicity tour for the Nat Turner biopic, which opens Oct. 7, despite the recent headlines involving Parker.